A meditation on isolation, loneliness, and alienation, this novel is astonishing in its depth. Two high-school friends — Alice, an anorexic, and Mattia, a cutter — conceal a sea of emotion beneath their stoic facades. As adults, after years of separation, a chance encounter changes both of them to the core. Paolo Giordano, who published The Solitude of Prime Numbers when he was just 27 years old, is talented far, far beyond his years. This book is excellent. Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Alice and Mattia are both misfits who seem destined to be alone. Haunted by childhood tragedies that mark their lives, they cannot reach out to anyone else. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. When Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, the two are forced to separate. Then a chance occurrence reunites them, forcing a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface.
A prime number can only be divided by itself or by one--it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, both primes, recognize in each other a kindred spirit. When a chance occurrence reunites them after years apart, a lifetime of concealed emotions are forced to the surface.